Corruption deadlier than cancer: Modi

Booed down by crowd, Hooda says won’t attend any function with Prime Minister.

Written by MUKESH BHARDWAJ | Kaithal | Updated: August 20, 2014 3:20:07 am
Modi and Hooda in Kaithal on Tuesday. Modi and Hooda in Kaithal on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated his ‘mission Haryana’ Tuesday with a message of development and eradication of corruption. Without referring to any scam and ignoring the “No 1 Haryana” slogan of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, also present at the event, Modi said that corruption was deadlier than cancer and was eating into the country. He also said development in Haryana was inadequate and needed strong push that would now be given with the new government in place.

When the CM began to speak, the crowd hooted him down and BJP workers moved forward, booing. Hooda ignored and continued to speak as no effort was made to stop them. While addressing reporters after the function, an enraged Hooda regretted the way the crowd had behaved. “I will not participate in any such function of the Prime Minister in future. The function at no point looked like an official one but seemed to belong to the BJP,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) chief Kuldeep Bishnoi was conspicuous by his absence. Despite Bishnoi’s threat that he would take a call on the alliance afresh in case he was not invited, there were conflicting claims on his invite. While Bishnoi maintained he was not invited for the function, BJP leaders pointed towards a chair at the venue with the HJC leader’s name when asked about issue. BJP sources said that he was sent an invitation by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) as it was not a party function. Meanwhile, sources close to Bishnoi said that the HJC was perturbed over the way it was ignored by the BJP that has now backtracked from the agreed terms and conditions of the alliance. Modi did not mention either the upcoming Assembly elections or the future of the alliance in his address.

Speaking after inaugurating the 166-km-long four-lane project on Kaithal-Rajasthan border, he said that a new chapter of development will now be opened in the country. Modi also announced that on the pattern of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Pradhan Mantri Sadak Pariyojna, the government will start Pradhan Mantri Village Sinchai Yojna to take water to the fields in the villages.

“We need to take strong steps and strict action to end corruption. People said that I did not speak against corruption from Red Fort on Independence Day. But I said that day also that the attitude of ‘mera kaya aur mujhe kaya’ was harming the country. We have to change it to make the country corruption free,” Modi said during his first visit as PM to the poll-bound state.

Flanked by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, he said that development in Haryana was not enough. “We have seen that there was tremendous development on the National Highway No 1 that connects the country with Jammu and Kashmir. But as you travel a little inside the town, you find how the state lacks development,” he said.]

In a scathing attack on the state government, Modi said that I have come to know that there are many projects for which money has been released but are in limbo since two to four years. “We will ensure that all these projects are completed on time,” he said.

He also said that the old system to develop infrastructure has to be changed. “Roads spoil in the first rain. Funds are released but you do not know that who’s pocketing the money. The world is looking at us. We have to come to a level that our roads are raised at international level,” he said.

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